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Columbus Rifle Club set for 2018 Fall Gun Show

September 9, 2018

The Columbus Rifle Club is gearing up to entertain and even offer enthusiasts of shooting sports a blast from the past this weekend.

Starting today and through Sunday, the local club’s 2018 Fall Gun Show will take place at Platte County Ag Park, 822 15th St. in Columbus. There will be about 170 tables in one room full of vendors from across Nebraska that will have firearms, targets, clothing, knives, shooting sports gear, taxidermy options and other collectables on hand.

“Vendors come from all four corners of the state,” said longtime club member Andrew Malcolm, who is helping organize the show. “For the most part, it has to be related to hunting and shooting for us to have a vendor there.”

The show also might be worth the while for history buffs, too. Malcolm said what vendors bring to the show year after year often surprises people.

“It’s a great opportunity to wander around and check out firearms from across the ages. There are definitely going to be some items that have historical significance,” he said, noting firearms and memorabilia from the World War I and II eras can be expected.

Malcolm said in the past there has been a vendor who has brought authentic Samurai swords and that sometimes firearms from the Civil War era pop up. The key, though, is variety.

“There’s going to be an awful lot of unique firearms for sale,” he said. “From long guns, rifles, shot guns and hand guns, parts and pieces for those, magazines for those. New firearms, antique firearms, loading supplies, knife makers – we’ll have everything.”

Columbus resident Jerome Slusarski has been part of the club for decades and had quite a bit of success across the country as a competitive shooter for years. He said he’s a fan of the local show because of what it offers.

“There’s a variety of firearms and things related to firearms,” he said.

But, he stressed what makes it nice is that it offers something for everybody regardless of their experience in shooting sports.

The show runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $5 per person, though kids up to age 12 get in for free if accompanied by an adult. Proceeds raised benefit the nonprofit club that was established in 1930 with its local 200-yard range facility, The Clark Memorial Range. There, it hosts various shooting competitions, matches and other training events throughout the year. Use of the facility is restricted to members in good standing and their supervised guests. Non-members are invited to participate in any published matches and other events. The organization’s mission is to ultimately promote shooting sports safely and responsibly in the community.

“Bottom line is there’s no better way to learn responsibility than to be handling a firearm,” Malcolm said. “Safety is absolutely the No. 1 rule that we promote.”

For more information about the club, visit columbusrifleclub.com.

Matt Lindberg is the managing editor of The Columbus Telegram. Reach him via email at matt.lindberg@lee.net.